Journal brought to you by SophieSaturday 24th March This morning we caught the train over to North Sydney to meet up with my dad’s ex workmate’s son and his fiancée – Paul and Lindsay. Paul is a flying doctor and Lindsay works for an IT company. They were so lovely as they said that we could take our washing over to theirs. I don’t think they realised how much washing we actually had as Paul nearly collapsed with the weight of the bags when he took them off us! Their apartment was situated on this lovely street full of little cafes and restaurants and was shaded by green trees. It was gorgeous. Their apartment was also really nice with pine floors and a posh kitchen with marble tops and really squishy comfy bean bags to sit on. There was also a fab terrace that we sat out on. (Sorry Paul and Lindsay I hope you don’t mind me describing this!) We whacked on a washing and then fed some delicious home made treats that Lindsay had whipped up including jam rock cakes, white chocolate and caramel slices and apple and raisin tea bread. They were so yum. After we had enjoyed these and had a good long natter about Australia and our trip and bored them with our photos we went out to lunch at one of the cafes. Tami and I shared this really nice pasta with pine nuts and also a vegetarian bread melt with roasted vegetables and cheese. It was so good. I think that is the best we have been fed since coming away! OK that’s a lie the restaurant meal in South Africa with Eddie was awesome but this was also very good. Once we had stuffed ourselves we went back to the apartment to do our THIRD washing load and had a bit of banter about uni (found out Lindsay was at Sheffield – crazy!) and whether the actress who plays Susan Kennedy in Neighbours is a lesbian. Paul even looked this up on the internet he was that adamant we were wrong! Our research was inconclusive… In the middle of the afternoon it started pouring down with rain like you have never seen and Paul kindly offered to give us a lift home. We were packed off with clean clothes and a goody bag of home baked treats. I just want to say thank you so much to Paul and Lindsay for everything they did for us and for lunch and the food and the use of the washing machine. It was lovely to meet you and Lindsay your wedding dress is stunning you are going to look amazing. Thank you so much. We will never forget your generosity. Back at the Pink House we met our new roommates;Ben – English guy who apparently flashed his thong at Tami (ewww! She was very traumatised). Bit up himself and weird. Used to work in Coventry and called it a dive. I got very angry at this. Yes ok it is not very nice in some areas but only we who hail from there can diss it. Marcus – very intelligent Malaysian guy. Also seemed a bit up himself but nice enough. We had a very long discussion about what 13 x 24 is. In the evening I did the most stupid thing in the world and crazily decided that I would go on a run with this really cool Scottish dude called Lee. Well the story is that he had told me off for being lazy a couple of days ago for not going on a run and then on this day he had sat around at the hostel all day so obviously I ribbed him for it. I said as a joke that I was going to go on a run and then he decided he would come with me. So I had to go as a matter of pride. GAY. It was pouring with rain and it was 12 o’ clock at night. We are such weirdos. It was good fun though and it was nice to see the opera house at night. I tried to perfect my Scottish accent but Lee laughed his head off and said it was rubbish. RUDE! When we got back we watched Mean Girls and then the Lion King! I have not seen that movie in ages and it was awesome. I cried when Mufasa died as usual. I think Lee was a bit scared. Eventually got into bed at 4 in the morning. It was such a good day. Thank you to everyone for making it so amazing.